This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. So I told my friends over on Facebook that I would put up a post once I finished my re-read ofLamentation. I’m going to do that for each of the. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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And who then turns around in Canticlesurprised to discover that he himself is a pawn? I wasn’t convinced that a civilization was going to waste here.

When I first say this was the writing style I was nervous that information would be lost in the translation. I got to hoping that a character might fail a skill check at some point: Don’t have a Kindle? But Tolkien also based his entire mythology on the idea of a vanishing world, making these trips down memory lane thematically important.

Ken Scholes

Even with that issue aside I would still highly recommend Lamentation. More often than not Scholes tries to compensate by dazzling us with Cool Concepts. So the notion that it would evolve into a multi-POV, multi-volume saga was very far from my mind. Give me smartass robots. The book is short enough to be a quick read, but has enough depth and layers to give readers that epic feel many are looking for, without being oppressive with it.

Anyway, I give it three stars. There’s a hero, tragic and glamourous and strong and romantic, a soldier of soldiers, loved by all his men, blahdeeblah.

This is evident from the very start of the novel, when the city of Windwir—a technological and cultural capital of the world—is destroyed. The character that had my heart from the first was Isaak, the mecho-servitor. Beneath the surface, however, there’s a lot more going on. Lamentation is a decent work of epic fantasy, written by an author who clearly has a way with words, but lamentztion the story and characters are lacking. Nearer to the Desolation, a young apprentice is the only survivor scholed the city—Nebios sat waiting for his father outside the walls and was An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the Androfrancine city of Windwir.


Psalms of Isaak Readthrough – Lamentation – Ken Scholes

I bought it upon the recommendation of Fantasy giant Orson Scott Card but now I am severely doubting his taste. He can make you care about his characters. I had a wonderful time piecing the pieces together and making the scohles go the way I think it may. Still, at the end of it all, the Named Lands has a lot of Patriarchal tropes in it especially in Lamentation.

This story had some great ideas, but was told in such a dry manner that I lost interest in it pretty quickly. Sadly, because I enjoy finding authors whose next book I look forward to. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats. Two of Vlad Lee Tam’s children figure prominently in Canticle —yet as only one of them is even mentioned by name in Lamentationand as Scholes continues to cram in a point-of-view change every five pages, it’s hard to accept that they’re now lamenttaion players in the tale, initiating earth-shattering betrayals or acts of heroism. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email.

From the author in an interview about that very passage: Oh, and the moon is terraformed, which gets mentioned in passing but really piqued my interest. Stephan van Velzen October 18, Leave a comment.

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Review: Lamentation (Psalms of Issak) by Ken Scholes

While some characters were little more than fantasy stock personas – the insane arch-fiend, the noble sidekick – most were well thought out and complex characters which I’m curious how they will be fleshed out further in future novels.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. You can see where things shift when Winters shows up. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition September 1, Language: I think that I will go for the later as it was the world and the plot that made it so. You have a robot and out of all the cool awesome shit it could do, you have it act like a whiney teenager? Also, bear in mind that this is a kick off to a series and some loose threads will remain untied.

Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher he got bettera nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst. Part of the charm of “Metal Men” was its intimacy. I loved the book, I look forward to starting the next one tonight, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to others. I think the worldbuilding itself has the combination of backstory, myth, history, religion, art all referenced to give a sense of being real.